Lenovo IdeaPad U300s

Verge Review

Months before Intel decided to jump-start its new ultrabook category, Lenovo made an extremely thin laptop which essentially fit 95 percent of Intel’s vision: the IdeaPad U260. The aluminum-wrapped laptop, which came out last December, was just 0.7 inches thick and was one of the best Windows ultraportables ever created in terms of performance and overall build. However, it couldn’t take on its closest competitor — the MacBook Air — for one major reason: battery life. An incredibly...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.59 inches
Weight 2.9 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Optical drive type External
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours and 33 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.7 inches
Depth 8.5 inches
Thickness 0.59 inches
Weight 2.9 pounds
Color Orange / Black, Silver

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2457M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.6 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.1 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2677M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.8 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.9 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000

Memory

Max. config RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Max. config SSD 256 GB

Optical Drive

Optical drive type External
Compatible media DVD Super Multi

Audio

Speakers 2
Audio brand SRS Premium Surround Sound

Webcam

Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 1
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
HDMI 1
3.5mm headphone 1
3.5mm line-in / microphone 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Wireless video WiDi

Battery

Size 4 cell
Quoted time 8 hr

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 8815
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 1413
3DMark06 (IGP) 3357
Just Cause 2 8.93
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours and 33 minutes

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mitchartz (Currently owns)

    This is a great laptop, the exterior design is top notch and is very elegant and in my opinion better than that of the Macbook Air and its clones.

    Keyboard can seem cramped at times, not a huge issue but I gave it an 8 because many of the keys on the left are cramped. I expected it on a 13" laptop but my previous Dell Vostro V13 never felt this cramped.

    Touchpad is great, very responsive. I miss having physical right and left buttons but that's personal preference. I also feel that scrolling could be a touch more responsive.

    Display.... no real issues, I know it could be better but it's good enough for me. I'd have prefered a matte dispaly over glossy, but the glossy hasn't been too much of an issue as I've used it mostly indoors.

    Performance wise I've got the Core i7 model and it flys. I've never owned a computer with and SSD and it's actually nice to just be able to open it up and basically go straight to whatever I want to.

    Heat and noise are both fairly non-existent. It gets warm, that's about it. The fan is noticeable at times but never bad.

    Battery life, great for the thinness of the device and better than my old Vostro V13 but it would be great if it would last longer. Usually around 5 hours of listening to music/browsering.

    I like Windows 7, it's not for everyone. The computer did come with some program that was killing my battery life and running my CPU at like 25% for no reason. All it did was open up this notepad thing with a four finger swipe. I removed it from the control panel easily.

    I don't really have any major complaints overall, the Core i7 Mandarin Orange model cost me $1450 from newegg.com and I love it. Anyone thinking about getting an "ultrabook" should really look hard at the Lenovo U300s.

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    • Design 10
    • Keyboard 8
    • Touchpad 9
    • Display 8
    • Performance 10
    • Heat / noise 9
    • Battery life 7
    • Software 9
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